Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention in Rutland County

Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Consultants work with community groups, schools, human service agencies, hospitals, law enforcement, parents, youth and others to strengthen the community’s health and reduce substance misuse and abuse. They offer five essential services:
  • Community Organizing
  • Program Planning & Consultation
  • Presentations & Training
  • Community Grants Information & Guidance
  • Information & Referral

Regional Prevention Partnerships

Additionally, part of our role is to support local organizations who receive funding from the Department of Health to provide substance abuse prevention services. The Regional Prevention Partnerships grant supports partnerships across the state that aim to reduce substance misuse and abuse among young people. In Rutland County, the Regional Prevention Partnership is led by the Rutland Regional Medical Center and strategies will be implemented with partners across the region. The goals of the funding are:
  1. Reduce underage drinking and binge drinking in people aged 12-20
  2. Reduce prescription drug misuse in people aged 12-25
  3. Reduce marijuana use in people aged 12-25
  4. Increase statewide and regional infrastructure to implement substance abuse prevention activities.

Additional Grants Funding Local Prevention Work

  • The Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union School Based Substance Abuse Services Grant funds a student assistance professional to promote prevention work for the Benson Village School, Castleton Elementary/Village Schools, Fair Haven Grade School, Fair Haven High School and Orwell Village School. For questions or more information, contact Sherri Nichols, Curriculum and Staff Development Coordinator, at 802-265-4905.
  • The Combined Community Grant is led by Rutland Community Programs (RCP) through the Rutland Area Prevention Coalition. This funding focuses on tobacco prevention and alcohol abuse prevention across Rutland County. For questions or more information, contact Tina Van Guilder, Director, at 802-775-4199. 

Highlights in Rutland County 

Project VISION

After taking over as Chief of the Rutland City Policy Department in January 2012, Chief James Baker convened a group to talk about the needs of the community and to brainstorm ideas for change. From this conversation Project VISION evolved. Through cooperation and collaboration, Project VISION encourages law enforcement and social service agencies to collectively address substance abuse, reduce crime, and build healthier neighborhoods across our community. As a result, Project VISION has helped to open up communication lines between non-traditional partners in Rutland City and Rutland County. The Substance Abuse Subcommittee is currently working on implementing a Universal Release between providers to help expand permanent prescription drug drop box locations across the county, as well as researching evidence-based substance abuse curriculums. Monthly meetings often have 50 people or more in attendance, with new members joining every month. Project VISION’s work in Rutland City was highlighted throughout The Governor’s Forum on Opiates in June 2014 and in numerous speaking engagements throughout Vermont.

Project VISION

Vermont Promise Community

The Rutland City School District and key community partners were selected as one of the initial sites to implement the Vermont Promise Community Initiative. This initiative supports the development of children in communities of high need by promoting collaboration across the education, health care, human service and public and private sectors. We are in our first year of work addressing kindergarten readiness, where we are looking at data and creating a roadmap for the work we will do over the next two years. 

Vermont Promise Community

Prescription Drug Disposal

Most people who abuse prescription painkillers get them from friends or family – often straight out of the medicine cabinet. By ensuring the safe use, storage and disposal of prescription drugs, you can help make sure drugs don't get into the wrong hands, or pollute our waterways and wildlife.

The Department of Health coordinates a prescription drug disposal system to connect Vermonters with permanent disposal sites near them, like pharmacies and police stations. Find prescription drug disposal options in your area.